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Increase in primary applications enough to fill new school

The increase in the number of applications for primary school places in Surrey adds up to enough pupils for a multi-million pound school.

Surrey County Council has received 466 more primary applications for next September than a year ago.

That is the equivalent of filling a new two-form entry primary that would cost at least £6 million to build.

More than 13,600 applications for places were submitted by last week’s closing date compared to just under 13,140 a year ago, early analysis of admissions figures reveal*.

The latest news comes after a record number of applications were submitted for Surrey secondary places in September.

Since 2012, the council has created more than 8,500 school places. Surrey is facing a £215 million funding gap for the 13,000 places needed over the next five years.

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: “These figures show the continued strain being put on education in Surrey at a time when many of our schools are already full to bursting.

“We need to find 13,000 extra places in our primaries and secondaries in the next five years to meet unprecedented demand but without adequate funding we’ll no longer be able to guarantee every pupil will get one.”

* The final figure may change to take account of, for example, people submitting both paper and online applications.

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